Coco Collection’s Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has joined the nationwide Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign.
Lying in the stunning southern waters of Baa atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has pledged to protect 100 per cent of the 34,000 sqm seagrass meadow growing within the resort’s boundaries.
Seagrass is the unsung hero of the Maldivian marine ecosystem. It prevents beach erosion, fights climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, and supports fisheries by providing a sanctuary for juvenile coral reef fish. Notably, seagrass is also the primary food source of green sea turtles, a critically endangered sub-species of sea turtles.
Despite being one of the most valuable ecosystems on the planet, seagrass is considered unsightly, and is often deliberately removed.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s vast seagrass meadow can feed and shelter up to 60 green turtles.
The resort island has been a nesting site for green turtles for over two decades, and, in partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, the resort had in 2017 opened the first and only sea turtle rescue centre in the Maldives with a qualified veterinarian. The rescue centre is fully-equipped with surgical and diagnostic facilities, and since its establishment, the centre has successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released 40 turtles.
“Coco Collection’s support of the Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign is a continuation of our commitment to sustainable hospitality and conservation of marine life,” a statement read.
The Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign, launched on World Seagrass Day on March 1, brought together resorts, international advocacy and conservation groups such as Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace and Manta Trust, all advocating for its protection.
Learn more about the campaign at www.protectmaldivesseagrass.com and show your support for the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass.